Conrad Hotel, Singapore
Tasted Saturday, February 4, 2012 by Paul S with 587 views
This was a lovely little dinner with third generation winemaker Eric Rousseau and his wife put together by Wine Nirvana. Few wines, but all aboslutely top-notch. I could not have asked for more. This more or less reaffirmed how much I love Clos de Beze, it is indeed one of the most precious jewels in the Burgundy firmament, and how lucky we are that a large part of the terroir is in the hands of Domaine Armand Rousseau. The wines were a sparkling testimony to the Domaine's reputation and their ability to turn out wines of the highest order across the vintages.
Eric Rousseau had this to say of the two vineyards represented at the dinner:
Ruchottes: A small Grand Cru of 3.3 hectares, of which the Clos des Ruchottes, a monopole of the Domaine, makes up a full 1 hectares, yielding an average of 4,500 bottles a year. This is cool terroir, influenced by the draft coming down from the Combe Lavaux. It had shallow top-soil, giving way quickly to rocks underneath.
Clos de Beze: Eric thinks this is possibly the oldest vineyard in Gevrey, with records going back to the 6th Century. In contrast to the Ruchottes, this is hotter terroir, with good exposition and an "important" slope. In the bottle, Clos de Beze is always deeper coloured than other GC for some unknown reasons, and usually yields very complex, very expressive wines that are also very long in the mouth.